“Our results underscore the need for flexibility in work arrangements, parental leave, and access to childcare to ensure that doctors who are parents can contribute to the primary care workforce. Intentions for office-based and group physician practice models among female parents may reflect the desire to have control over hours worked to protect time for household and caregiving responsibilities. This is consistent with other reports that physicians planning to have families choose to pursue FM compared to hospital specialties due to the flexibility it affords and also that over the course of their career female physician parents spend significantly more time on childcare and other work at home than their male counterparts.”

The relationship between gender, parenthood and practice intentions among family medicine residents: cross-sectional analysis of national Canadian survey data (2019) by Lavergne, Gonzalez, Ahuja, Hedden & McCracken via Human Resources for Health.

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